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beth City and York counties. They consisted of not more than 1,800 or 2,000 men. This place is six miles from Newport News, sixteen from Yorktown, and eight from Hampton. On Saturday afternoon, Captain McDowell's company from Asheville, North Carolina, one hundred strong, were out on a reconnoitering expedition, with Lieutenant Gregory and ten men some distance in advance Coming within a mile and three-quarters of Hampton, they encountered 200 of the enemy on a similar excursion, who also had an advance guard in front. Lieut. G. and his guard of ten men approached within thirty-five steps of the enemy, when a parley took place between them, each party Gregory was on horseback, and the balls whizzed far above his head. In their retreat, the Yankees carried their dead and wounded in two carts and a buggy to Hampton. The prisoner was sent to Yorktown in charge of a gallant youth named William Lorance, and another private whose name we have not heard. [This account o
her particulars of the battle — the victory Confirmed. Grove Landing, James River, Monday Night, June 10, 1861. Early this morning we were made to wonder at the meaning of the big-mouthed cannon so continually barking in the direction of Hampton, but were soon acquainted with the fact that the enemy, who have been so feasting on the dainties of our soil, had been inspired with courage enough (by taking with them a superior force) to make an attack on our troops, stationed at Bethel Church, 10 miles from Hampton. They were repulsed twice at 10½ o'clock A. M.; but betting on their numbers, as they always have done, they again rallied, when they were driven off with a loss of three hundred men. Our loss is small when compared with theirs, being only six; but I am sorry even to have to record this loss, and that, too, from the ranks of the brave sons of Nottoway. I believe the above statement to be true, as it came direct from Bethel through the dispatch Beater from that p
mming down a cartridge, the North Carolina lieutenant in command actually riding up to him, and placing his pistol at his head, before he surrendered. The curses of this man upon his Yankee comrades, for their cowardice, were loud and deep. The skirmish happened just at the bridge over Back River. It had been broken down, and the fugitives had to cross upon planks. In the act of crossing they were subjected to a full volley, which must have done considerable damage, as a preacher who came into Major R.'s camp, from Hampton, reports that they brought in a wagon load of wounded and dead. I could not learn the name of the North Carolina officer who commanded the detachment. Lieut. John M. West commanded the Howitzers present on the occasion. He acted with great coolness and intrepidity, and received a ball through his hat. Eighteen more of us have been ordered to join the Major. I am still left behind. But we all hope our turn will soon come. Nobody on our side was hurt.
ch, where it was soon joined by a portion of Brown's battery, of the same corps. The North Carolina Regiment, under Colonel Hill, was also there, making in all about 1,100 men, and seven howitzer guns. On Saturday last the first excursion of considerable importance was made. A detachment of 200 infantry and a howitzer gun under Major Randolph, and one of 70 infantry, and another howitzer under Maj Lane, of the N. C. regiment, started different routes to cut off a party which had left Hampton. The party was seen and fired at by Maj. Randolph's detachment, but made such fast time that they escaped. The troops under Maj. Lane, passed within sight of Hampton, and as they turned up the road to return to Bethel encountered the Yankees, numbering about 90, who were entrenched behind a fence in the field, protected by a high bank. Our advance guard fired on them, and in another moment the North Carolinians were dashing over the fence in regular French (not New York) Zouave style, fi
the cause of the Southern Confederacy. I send you an outline, prepared under the eye of an officer of high rank, who had a distinguished command on the occasion. From it your readers will be enabled to form a just idea of the locality and the manŒuvres, without feeling themselves confused by the details, which are always sure to encumber the narrative of an inexperienced writer, or of one who writes upon a contracted view of the whole field. Outline. The road from Bethel Church to Hampton runs South. The Confederates poised themselves on both sides of it at the Church, facing down the road to Hampton. The U. S. troops came up it until within artillery range, and planted their battery in the road, but screened from sight by a small house and by woods.--The Confederate battery on the right and close to the road opened on the U. S. battery and on the column in its rear. The U. S. battery replied, and columns of U. S. troops wheeled to the right and left, circled around the p